Hearing loss could be reversed thanks to sea anemones

first_imgA new study has shown that sea anemones have the potential to reverse traumatic hearing loss.Now before you get all excited, this isn’t some babel fish or ceti eel situation. Scientists have been researching sea anemones’ amazing healing abilities and have used their proteins to repair mice’s sound-sensing cells, according to a report published in the Journal of Experimental Biology.The idea came about after observing that the invertebrates are covered in tiny hair-like cells similar to the sound-sensing hair cells in humans. They are able to regenerate these cells, unlike you and me. All those times you blasted music in your ears or went to concerts and had tinnitus next day? That’s an indication that there’s been permanent damage to your hearing, as when your cells are exposed to loud noise over a long period (or just a short blast of noise) the cells die, and usually never recover.While mammalian hair cells can barely repair traumatic damage, sea anemones have a far superior ability to do so by secreting repair proteins, or RPs. By simply using their cells on mammals, there might be a way to improve things. The biologists tested out their theory on “experimentally traumatized murine cochlear hair cells”- i.e., intentionally deafened mice cells- and found out that after a mere one-hour incubation in RP-enriched culture media that hair cells were restored to levels comparable to the healthy control batch.In the process of doing so the biologists were also able to identify mice proteins that are analogs of the anemones’ RPs, but work far less effectively. They think that more research could ultimately identify how to unlock the potential of our own RPs. Who said the X-Men are fiction?The biologists’ next step is to attempt this on living mice. “If we could get to those hair cells before they commit to die and treat them, there’s a possibility we could reduce hearing loss,” biologist Glen Watson said to Science News.It’s a noble goal. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, 36 million Americans are affected by hearing loss, which accounts for 17% of the adult population.Somebody tell John Slattery.Image courtesy Mydhili Bayyapunedilast_img read more

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New Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Trailer Plays With Old Tech

first_imgMarvel dropped the second official teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on Jimmy Kimmel’s show last night, and it’s everything we could’ve hoped for. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be released in theaters on May 5th, 2017. We can’t wait!James Gunn knew how badly we wanted to see footage from the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 that he released a teaser back in October. It was scored with “Hooked on a Feeling” and gave us a glimpse of what we would expect, but only a little bit of Baby Groot and not much regarding the story. This new trailer gave us even more fights, more scenes with the gang, a track from the new mixtape, and of course, more Baby Groot.The two-minute video is backed by “Fox on the Run” by Sweet and shows off some impressive shots, where Drax and the gang look like they’re going up against giant octopi. The visuals look like an upgrade from the last film, with the creators adding even more color and playing around with camera angles. A scene at the end gets into Peter Quill’s tenuous relationship with Gamora while having to deal once again with Drax getting in the way and making things worse.But we’ve watched the trailer about five times now because of Baby Groot, who looks like he’s going to spend a lot of the film being a murderous toddler and a pest to Rocket, who seems to be acting as a surrogate dad. You never let a toddler get that close to a detonation device, even if he’s just as capable at fighting as he was in the last film.We finally get Kurt Russell as Ego the Living Planet! But will there be more of Yondu and Nebula, and who the main villain is going to be? Will there be more Thanos action since the studio has been teasing him since 2012?!Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be released in theaters on May 5th, 2017.last_img read more

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There Could Soon Be a Whole Nation of Cats out There

first_imgStay on target ‘Chonky’ 26-Pound Cat Goes Viral Online, Receives Potential AdoptersFirefighters Respond to Fire Alarm at Shelter, Discover Cat Triggered It How many kitties does it take to constitute a whole country full of cats? Enough to fill Neco Republic’s planned new country. Yes, you read that right. A whole country of cats! Originally meant to be a simple little April Fool’s Day joke, it’s spiraled off into something that really could be happening. The animal welfare organization (Neco Republic named earlier) is looking into the idea for itself, having launched a crowdfunding campaign to purchase an island and declare itself a nation. For cats.The island, if purchased, would be a new home for cats and rescue cats, which resonated with people in general, because everyone is going crazy about possibly having an entire island/country dedicated to kitties, who are perfect creatures with beautiful souls. The head of Neco Republic, Asaka Nakama, stated the strong response has pushed them to look into buying a cast island where cats can get the proper care and medical treatment they need to live long and healthy lives. People would also be able to spend time with cats as they roam the streets. Sounds absolutely heavenly.Of course, the specifics of a cat island aren’t hammered out just yet, as the company is looking into seeing just how likely doing such a thing is. Alternatively, the island could have outdoor cat gardens, stray cat shelters, and cat-focused hospice care for cats with illnesses that require palliative care, as well as health insurance and pension systems for cats.To put this together, as stated on April 1, as part of the April Fool’s Day joke the company asked for 22 billion yen with various reward tiers. Right now, the realistic project is instead asking for interested parties to sign up for the Japanese website Kibidango. When and if it reaches 10,000 subscribers, the cat island funding project can begin in honest. Let’s hope it does happen!last_img read more

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Drones Replace Runway Models at Dolce Gabbana Fashion Show

first_imgAttendees were reportedly asked to turn off the Wi-Fi on their phones—including personal hotspots.“A comically impossible task for a room full of influencers made famous by the Internet, all of whom speak different languages,” according to The Cut’s Emilia Petrarca, who attended the weekend show.Once the airwaves were clear, a procession of iconically boxy Dolce & Gabbana purses flew past audience members, “eliciting gasps,” the New York Magazine site said.Go-to royals and fashion-favorite millennials Lady Kitty Spencer; Ladies Violet, Alice, and Eliza Manners; and Maddi Waterhouse walked in a secret show the night before.Thanks to D&G’s new fleet of models, however, the It girls appeared to have Sunday afternoon off.A parade of UAVs carried Dolce & Gabbana purses down the runway (via Dolce & Gabbana)Milan Fashion Week featured various nods to high-tech concepts.Alessandro Michele unveiled his Gucci Cyborg. Inspired by Donna Haraway’s feminist metaphor, the program included small dragons and models carrying 3D-printed versions of their own heads.Prada, meanwhile, used virtual socialite Lil Miquela to introduce a range of branded GIFs on Instagram.Design and style have always relied on the latest technologies to appeal to customers. But in the modern era of clothes and accessories, that means more than synthetic materials.MIT researchers last year created “living” jewelry—miniaturized robots that meander across your clothes, changing location and reconfiguring appearance. The kinetic wearables, dubbed Kino, seamlessly transition between a minimalist brooch for the office and a statement necklace for the theater. Humans are so last season: Dolce & Gabbana is the latest designer to replace mortals with technology on the runway.When doors opened on the D&G Fall-Winter 2018/19 Men’s Fashion Show in Milan on Sunday, a parade of drones carrying handbags glided down the catwalk.Accompanied on the sidelines by people in what look like white lab coats, the unmanned aerial vehicles started the show with flare and probably a bit of confusion. Stay on target Climate Activists Use Drones to Shut Down Heathrow Airport Next MonthUPS Wants to Bring Drone Deliveries to U.S. Hospitals Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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This Rechargeable Cap Uses UV Rays to Kill Germs in Your Water

first_img Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysCovert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your Pocket Stay on target A reusable water bottle is an eco-friendly way to make sure you’ve always got liquid refreshment within reach. Unfortunately, it’s easy to forget that they’re also a great breeding ground for bacteria.Those stylish “cola-style” bottles can be especially tricky to clean properly. What if cleaning your water bottle was as easy as pressing a button?That will soon be a reality thanks to the team at Microlyscs.  They’re currently running a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to produce a clever little gadget called CrazyCap.CrazyCap is a rechargeable sterilization device that is compatible with most cola-style water bottles. Juice it up, swap out the bottle’s original cap, and give the button a double tap. That’s all you have to do to kill the bacteria, viruses, mold, and algae in your bottle.A handy auto-cleaning feature fires up CrazyCap every 4 hours to keep things sterile throughout the day. For those times when you want a little reassurance, there’s Crazy Mode. 5 taps can tackle even “moderate to high(ly) contaminated water.”The dirty work is handled by a 10mW LG UVC LED. It’s an industrial-grade unit that’s rated for 10,000 hours of use, which Microlyscs estimates should provide you 10 years of sterilization.It’s remarkably efficient, too. According to Microlyscs you’ll only need to charge CrazyCap once a month using the slick induction charger (there’s no charging port in CrazyCap to make sure it’s sealed ).Once it’s available for retail purchase, CrazyCap will sport an MSRP of $95. Backers of the Kickstarter project can secure one at a massive discount. There’s still plenty of early bird perks available for a $38 pledge.Not sure CrazyCap will fit your bottle? You can pick up a 17 ounce insulated from Microlyscs that’s guaranteed to fit for an extra $14 ($18 if you miss out on the early bird perks).More on Geek.com:This Electric Toothbrush Takes Just 10 Seconds to Clean Your TeethThe World’s Most Advanced Smart Motorcycle HelmetThis Clever Seat Post Is Also a Bike Locklast_img read more

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2/5 WWE Results: Calgary, Alberta (Ambrose vs. Wyatt)

first_imgFacebook WWE And WrestleMania 34 Bring New Orleans A Big Payday 2/5 WWE Results: Calgary, Alberta, Canada* The Dudley Boyz & Titus O’Neil def. Heath Slater, Adam Rose & Fandango.* Goldust def. Darren Young.* Paige & Natalya def. Tamina & Naomi. Alicia Fox acted as special guest referee.* Chris Jericho, Big Show & Kane def. Luke Harper, Erick Rowan & Braun Strowman.* R-Truth def. Stardust.* Dolph Ziggler def. Tyler Breeze.* WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose def. Bray Wyatt.Source: Prowrestling.netRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-DownVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:32 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Google+ Pinterest Drew Mcintyre Luke Harper Returns To WWE Live Twitter Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Ronda Rousey Videos Articles Watch every episode of Firefly Funhouse, Top 10 Greatest Kings of the Ring WhatsAppcenter_img WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down WWE’s Bray Wyatt Cited In Car Accident WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Nikki Bella Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt being advertised for Title Match at Hell In A Cell PPV Now Playing Up Next Netflix and WWE Studios announce The Big Show is getting his own comedy serieslast_img read more

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Video: Stardust crashes Stephen Amell Q&A panel in Dallas

first_img Christopher Daniels Taunts Stephen Amell By Wearing Marvel Shirt Videos Articles Brian Cage vs. Michael Elgin for the Impact World Title headlines tonight’s Slammiversary XVII Pinterest WWE has posted footage of Stardust crashing Stephen Amell’s Q&A panel at Dallas Comic Con this weekend to present him with the Slammy Award for Celebrity Moment of the Year.You can check out the full footage below courtesy of WWE. Stephen Amell Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipCody Rhodes Says Stephen Amell Has Wrestling In His BloodVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Cody Rhodes Now Playing Up Next Stephen Amell Finds Inspiration With Cody Rhodes Friendship Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Facebook Twitter Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Stephen Amell Says Oliver Will Be In Jail Longer Than Expected Arrow Star Stephen Amell Getting In Shape For New Season Google+ Cody Rhodes Says Stephen Amell Has Wrestling In His Blood WWE RAW Results – 7/1/19 (Extreme Rules build continues, Falls Count Anywhere match) RAW Preview: Strowman vs. Lashley in a Falls Count Anywhere Match, Live Post-Show tonightlast_img read more

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New match set for NXT TakeOver: War Games, Post-11/8 NXT videos

first_imgFacebook Twitter Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Drew Mcintyre WhatsApp WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down These Celeb Couples Fell In Love At First Sight Ronda Rousey Nikki Bella Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Videos Articles Dark Phoenix: Temptation Now Playing Up Next 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Ace Frehley Is Back in the New York Groove Google+ Now Playing Up Next New match set for NXT TakeOver: War GamesKassius Ohno vs. Lars Sullivan has been added to the NXT TakeOver: War Games live special on November 18 in Houston, Texas following last night’s 11/8 episode of NXT.The following is the updated card for the event.* War Games: The Undisputed ERA vs. NXT Tag Team Champions SAnitY vs. The Authors of Pain and Roderick Strong* NXT Title: Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Andrade Cien Almas* NXT Women’s Title: Kairi Sane vs. Ember Moon vs. Nikki Cross vs. Peyton Royce* Aleister Black vs. Velveteen Dream* Kassius Ohno vs. Lars SullivanPost-11/8 NXT videosWWE posted the following video from after last night’s 11/8 episode of NXT, giving a look at the history of the War Games match. NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action Heres What To Expect (Spoilers) From WWEs Christmas Eve Episode of Raw Pinterest WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-DownVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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John Cena on playing a villain in “Bumblebee” and if he would ever turn…

first_img WWE stars join “Brawlhalla” as Epic Crossovers in SummerSlam game event Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Google+ ComicBook.com is featuring an excerpt of an answer from WWE star John Cena when he was asked about playing a villain in the upcoming “Bumblebee” movie.Cena, who took to the streets in San Diego during Comic Con dressed as the Bumblebee character, discussed the contrast of playing a villain in a movie and good guy in WWE.“To actually answer your question, I think it is a really great opportunity. I have had a great career in the WWE and for that entire time I have been the good guy and that kind of went into my films so far, and now it doesn’t seem like my character in the WWE will ever evolve into that bad guy role that perhaps a lot of people have wanted; so this is kind of a way for my fans from that aspect of my career to see that side of me. So, don’t expect heel John Cena in the WWE – that’s Inside Baseball talk for some of you – but it means bad guy John Cena isn’t happening there, so this is that chance for me.”center_img WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel Pinterest Two more WWE Superstars reportedly scheduled to appear at RAW Reunion show Facebooklast_img read more

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Video: Sami Zayn returning soon to Monday Night RAW after being out of action…

first_img Now Playing Up Next Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Google+ WWE aired a video during RAW tonight (above) hyping the return of Sami Zayn.Zayn has been out of action since June after being forced to undergo not one, but two surgeries to repair a torn rotator cuff in his left and right shoulders.If you recall, Zayn initially underwent surgery to repair his left rotator cuff back in 2015.  Zayn ended up hurting his shoulder during his official debut segment as part of the main roster in May of 2015. WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart introduced Zayn as the challenger to Cena in his hometown of Montreal. During his entrance, Zayn threw his arms up on the steel steps and could be seen noticeably favoring his shoulder immediately.Zayn had his second rotator cuff surgery completed back in August.No official date was given for his WWE return as of now.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBret Hart Attacked At WWE Hall of Fame CeremonyVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:39/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 7.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:39 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Facebook Bret Hart Attacked At WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony Pinterestcenter_img Now Playing Up Next WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Bret Hart Tackled During WWE Hall of Fame Speech Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Roman Reigns is in Remission WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next WWE RAW Ratings: Viewership sees a 15% drop against the return of Monday Night Footballlast_img read more

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Automated message added to Clark County 911 call system

first_imgBecause of an increase in call volumes to dispatchers, 911 callers in Clark County may now hear a recorded message asking them to stay on the line.The Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency has added the automated message for calls that ring for more than 10 seconds to ensure that emergency calls are answered as soon as possible.“Callers will typically hang up between 8-14 seconds of ring time,” CRESA Operations Manager Kris Devore said in a press release. “That hang up requires a call taker to dial the number back and wait for an answer on the line, thus increasing workload, leading to longer ring times and more abandoned calls.”Those making an emergency call in Clark County will receive the fastest response possible by waiting on the line, the agency said.When they speak to a dispatcher, callers are asked to state their emergency and know their location so that dispatchers can direct the correct response.The agency also reminds residents that nonemergency calls can be made to 311 or 360-693-3111.last_img read more

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Winds of change: What will power the Northwest’s future?

first_imgMARTINSDALE, Mont. — Carl Borgquist wants to spend more than $1 billion to transform a remote butte fringed by pine trees into a giant water battery.This might seem a madman’s folly if not for the roller-coaster nature of wind and solar power production, which can soar when few need electricity, then fade in the evenings when people come home to turn on the lights.When demand is low, Borquist would store energy in the form of water pumped from a low-lying pond to another pool carved out of the rim top. When demand is high, this flow would be reversed and run through turbines to produce hydropower for Montana, Oregon and Washington.Borgquist is betting this technology — called pumped storage — will claim a role in a cleaner grid as the region’s utilities move off coal. On a wintry day, he walks through the sagebrush and grass, where the wind has sculpted a rippled crust of snow, and he imagines what could be.“We are ready to build,” declares Borgquist, whose Bozeman-based company has spent six years planning and gaining permits for the Gordon Butte project. “The world is moving in our direction.”last_img read more

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150,000 gallons of corrosive liquid spilled at Camas mill Tuesday

first_imgUp to 150,000 gallons of corrosive pulping liquid spilled at the Georgia-Pacific Camas mill Tuesday night.No one was injured and the spill was contained to the mill’s property, according to Georgia-Pacific spokeswoman Kristi Ward.Washington Department of Ecology spokesman Dave Bennett said there is no public health threat.“None of the material went offsite into the community or nearby waterways,” Ward said in an email. “A small amount did enter our wastewater treatment system and was treated.”Bennett said “an undetermined quantity” of the material also reached some soil, as well.Ward said the material spill was black liquor, a waste product from the digestion process of converting wood into wood pulp.Black liquor contains many of the compounds that make up a plant’s cell wall as well as inorganic chemicals from processing. It smells like rotten eggs and looks like molasses but hardens when it cools. The mill burns the material in recovery boilers to generate steam.On Wednesday, cleanup crews were in the process of placing the material into transportable bins; the material will be disposed of in a licensed landfill. Ward said the goal is to have the cleanup finished by next week.last_img read more

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Junction City building explodes; racial slur, symbol found

first_imgJUNCTION CITY, Ore. — A building northwest of Eugene, Ore., in Junction City exploded and burst into flames.The Register-Guard reports that authorities, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Junction City police are investigating the cause of the early Monday explosion and fire.Authorities say a swastika and a racial slur were found spray painted at the scene.Junction City Police Chief Bob Morris says the cause of the fire is suspicious. Authorities on Monday had not been able to contact the building’s owners.State business records show Irene and Devon Huntley bought the building in 2015. Morris said they were renovating the building, which had been used as an insurance office, to become a restaurant.No further information was immediately available.last_img read more

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Manufacturers in Northwest say finding skilled labor is greatest challenge

first_imgPacific Northwest manufacturers across a broad spectrum of industries are optimistic about the future but concerned about the ability to grow their workforce, which is seen as the biggest challenge facing Northwest manufacturers.That’s according to the results of an anonymous survey of 104 company leaders in Washington and Oregon conducted earlier this year by Portland-based DHM Research on behalf of Washington law firm Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt and consulting firm Aldrich Advisors.The survey results paint a picture of a tight regional labor market in which a majority of manufacturers are seeking to grow their workforce but face challenges in attracting and retaining skilled employees.“The number one issue that is facing manufacturers, bar none, is workforce,” said Jennifer Campbell, industry group leader at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. “And that’s consistent with the national numbers as well.”Sixty-two percent of respondents in the survey said they plan to increase hiring in the next year compared to the previous year, and 73 percent listed improving their workforce as the biggest upcoming challenge for the company. Fifty-five percent also expressed concern that their organization was unprepared to overcome its biggest challenge.last_img read more

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Doubts emerge about Trump pick for US intelligence chief

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s pick for national intelligence director has been mayor of a small Texas city, a federal prosecutor and a member of Congress. But questions were already emerging Monday about whether those qualifications are adequate for the position as the nation confronts threats that include foreign election interference, North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and the risk of war with Iran.Rep. John Ratcliffe’s dearth of relevant experience — a departure from the decades of intelligence and foreign policy bona fides of past position holders — may especially matter at a time when current and former government officials expect Russia to interfere in the 2020 presidential election just as it did in unprecedented fashion when Trump first ran.“Ratcliffe comes to the job with the least national security experience and the most partisan political experience of any previous director of national intelligence,” said Mike Morell, a former acting CIA director who now hosts the “Intelligence Matters” podcast.The director of national intelligence has oversight of the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies. If confirmed, Ratcliffe would be the principal intelligence adviser to Trump, who has appeared determined to surround himself with vocal protectors and defenders even in national security positions that haven’t historically been perceived as overtly partisan.It is unclear, for instance, what experience he will bring in helping thwart foreign government efforts to interfere in American politics. Also unknown is whether skepticism he has voiced in Congress about special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation into ties between Russia and the Trump campaign will affect his response to any foreign influence or cyberattacks on campaigns.last_img read more

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Kane defends teammates after rough patch

first_imgTottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has defended his teammates after questions were asked over their fitness during the club’s run of three straight losses in all competitions this season.The inquest into Mauricio Pochettino’s side season were already being held after their 2-1 away loss to Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday in Milan, with fatigue stated as a factor after nine of Spurs’ players took part beyond the Semifinals stage of the World Cup.Kane insists no players meeting was held after the team’s loss in Milan, insisting everyone is feeling sharp.“We all talk around the training ground but there was not an official meeting,” he said, according to Sky Sports.“We are in a tough spell but that is football.”“The only way to get through that is to work harder, whether that is on the training pitch or during games.”Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“It was important as a team that we were all better and all had more energy.”“A lot of us played in the World Cup and a lot of people have been talking about that but we all feel fit and sharp.”“It is important we proved that. A lot of people speak about tiredness and fatigue but we all feel fine. We all feel good.”“It was important we showed that. We were all pressing and this is when we are at our best.”last_img read more

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Krzysztof Piatek focused in Genoa

first_imgThe Polish striker is a wanted man by many European clubs but he says he is just focusing on his Italian Lega Serie A teamPolish forward Krzysztof Piatek has just recently joined Genoa in the Italian Lega Serie A.But his goals have attracted the eyes of many European teams.And now the Genoa footballer says he wants to be focused on his season with his club.“Future? At this moment in time, I am fully focused on Genoa and our next game against Juventus. We know that it won’t be an easy game for us since Juve are the best team in Italy,” he told Calcio Mercato.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Even so, we will give it our all and we will try and get a positive result.”“Szczesny? We are teammates with the Poland national team so we know each other pretty well. I hope to face him on Saturday, this would be fun for both of us,” he added.“Ronaldo? For me, he is the best player in the world right now. I would even say that he is the best player in the history of the game.”“Genoa? As I’ve said, I love the team and the fans. I am fully focused on Genoa. We want to be ready for this game against Juve,” he concluded.last_img read more

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Balogun enjoying life at Brighton

first_imgBrighton & Hove Albion defender Leon Balogun is enjoying his role at the center of defense after joining the club in the summer.Balogun partnered Lewis Dunk at the back in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.The German-Nigerian International joined Brighton in May from Bundesliga club Mainz 05 II.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I’m really enjoying my spell in the side, I had two games with Shane [Duffy] before when Lewis [Dunk] was injured, and it’s always great fun,” Balogun told the club’s website.“That goes for being part of this group as a whole, it’s a fantastic squad and dressing room that plays very passionately for one another.“We pushed a big side all the way on Sunday, and that’s something you have to enjoy – we’ve beaten Manchester United here already this campaign and ran Liverpool close, and those are the challenges you have to relish as a footballer, especially in front of your own fans.”last_img read more

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Fabregas opens up on Monaco switch

first_imgCesc Fabregas has dropped a massive hint on his exit from Chelsea amid interest from AS Monaco.The Spanish midfielder left the Stamford Bridge pitch in tears after the Blues’ 2-0 FA Cup third round victory over Nottingham Forest, in which he captained.The World-Cup winning star received a standing ovation when replaced by N’Golo Kante in the 85th minute and went on to talk about his imminent departure.“The occasion got the better of me,” Fabregas told FourFourTwo via BBC Sport.“I didn’t expect all of this to happen today. I can’t say anything out of respect for Chelsea but everyone knows the situation.”501 appearances, 79 goals and 148 assists in English football.An emotional Cesc Fàbregas says goodbye to Stamford Bridge. pic.twitter.com/QYcn4xPVcuWolverhamptonMatch Preview: Wolverhampton vs Chelsea Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Wolverhampton will host Chelsea at the Molineux Stadium in one of the most interesting Premier League games this weekend.— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) January 5, 2019Fabregas moved to Chelsea in June 2014 in a €33million transfer from Barcelona and went on to win two Premier League titles with the club.“Time flies,” said the 31-year-old. “It feels like last week I started playing professionally, and now it has been over 15 years.“For the young players, a little advice: enjoy every single second.“You have to be ready every three days, live with criticism, with everyone saying how good you are, with up and downs, but time really does fly.”last_img read more

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